Keep Your Pets Safe During A Heat Wave

With the dangerous heat and humidity our region has been experiencing this week, we would like to take a moment to remind you of some pet safety tips to keep in mind. It’s important to keep your furry friends safe in this weather!

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Hot Cars are Dangerous for Pets

Pet owners should not leave their animal in the car, even with the windows cracked the temperature can skyrocket to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. Please remember this and never leave your pets in the car.

Provide Plenty of Cool Water

Make sure to give your pet plenty of cool water. You will probably need to fill up their water bowls more often on hot days. Try adding a few ice cubes to cool the water down.

Choose When to Exercise

Take your pet on walks early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid walking them in the midday heat. This will also help to keep you out of the dangerous weather.

Avoid Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a common problem for pets in the warmer weather. The heat mixed with humidity doesn’t allow them to properly cool off. Some types of dogs are more prone to heat stroke than others. If your dog has a short snout, they are more likely to suffer from heat stroke and you should watch them closely for the signs of heat stroke. Overweight pets, and those with a thick coat are also at an increased risk of heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke in animals are:

 Heavy panting and unable to calm down, even when lying down.

 Brick red gum color

 Fast pulse rate

 Unable to get up.

If you suspect that your pet has heat stroke contact your veterinarian immediately. Your furry friend is part of the family and needs to be cared for in this heat.


For more information pet owners can download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app for veterinary advice for everyday pet emergencies at their fingertips. The app features videos, quizzes and step-by-step advice on pet first aid.

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